Brain and Spine Conditions - Neurology

Leaders in stroke care

Northwest Florida’s only nationally certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Leaders in stroke brain spine conditions

Ascension Sacred Heart is Northwest Florida’s leader in stroke care, as well as the treatment of other brain, spine and nervous system conditions. Our team includes board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons, as well as the region’s only endovascular neurosurgeon, Dr. Maria Toledo, and interventional neuroradiologist, Dr. Nathan Kohler. Our neurosurgery office can be contacted at (850) 416-2250.

The area’s leading Stroke Center

Sacred Heart is a Primary Stroke Center, certified by the Joint CommissionIn a stroke emergency, Ascension Sacred Heart Comprehensive Stroke Center in Pensacola focuses on reducing the damaging effects of stroke with fast, effective care. Under the medical direction of Terry Neill, Jr., MD, a board-certified critical care neurologist, our patients have better outcomes and are more likely to go home to continue the recovery process instead of being admitted to a nursing home.

The Ascension Sacred Heart Comprehensive Stroke Center is rated among the top 10 percent of stroke programs in the nation. We have a “Gold-Plus” rating by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Our Pensacola campus is the only hospital in Northwest Florida designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration and by DNV Healthcare. The DNV Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification excellence along the spectrum of stroke care -- diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. The Comprehensive Stroke Center is directed by Dr. Terry Neill, a board-certified critical care neurologist who has advanced the level of stroke care at Ascension Sacred Heart for the past 12 years. The Stroke Center also provides the expertise of the region’s only endovascular neurosurgeons, Dr. Maria Toledo and Dr. Nathan Kohler, who can perform the latest minimally-invasive techniques used to diagnose and treat brain aneurysms, brain hemorrhages, and blockages in the head and neck that cause ischemic strokes.

In the past several years, those techniques have become the treatment of choice for certain aneurysms because they involve less risk and faster recovery than open brain surgery.

Coordinating a strong continuity of care enables our patients to achieve a higher quality of life. As part of that effort, Sacred Heart Hospital hosts monthly meeting of a Stroke Support Group which inspires and educates stroke survivors, caregivers and family members. Call (850) 416-7621 for more information.


The neurologists and neurosurgeons at Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola were trained at some of the most respected medical centers in the nation. They have the experience and skills, as well as the latest imaging technology, to provide a level of care not found anywhere else in Northwest Florida.

Our neuroscience program offers highly specialized services that include:


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